A few weeks ago, a video of Big Ten mascots spoofing Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song “Call Me Maybe” went viral. If you saw it, you might have noticed that Purdue Pete and our own Willie the Wildcat were left out. Seems their mascot buddies literally forgot to call them, maybe? Willie and Pete have prepared a response in the form of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone.”

Happy 74th birthday to Willie the Wildcat!
According to a Daily Northwestern article from 1942, Willie made his debut on a poster drawn by James McAndrew in 1937. Upon seeing the poster, a newspaper writer dubbed the wildcat “Willie,” and the name stuck. Willie’s debut as a live mascot occurred 10 years later. Although his physical appearance has changed over the years, he’s still as popular as ever, and getting a photo with Willie remains a rite of passage for many Northwestern students. Happy birthday, Willie!

Happy 74th birthday to Willie the Wildcat!

According to a Daily Northwestern article from 1942, Willie made his debut on a poster drawn by James McAndrew in 1937. Upon seeing the poster, a newspaper writer dubbed the wildcat “Willie,” and the name stuck. Willie’s debut as a live mascot occurred 10 years later. Although his physical appearance has changed over the years, he’s still as popular as ever, and getting a photo with Willie remains a rite of passage for many Northwestern students. Happy birthday, Willie!